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21 Apr, 2017 1 hr 43 mins A
Aparna Sen, Shabana Azmi, Lillete Dubey
Aparna Sen, Shabana Azmi, Lillete Dubey
Aparna Sen
In Sonata, a movie adaptation of Mahesh Elkunchwar’s play, Sen casually invites us into the lives of three women in the their sunset years.

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Sonata Story: Three intelligent, self-sufficient women debate companionship, compromises and compassion over wine, cheese and (sour) grapes.

Sonata Review: You’d sooner see a flying saucer streak across the night sky than an Indian film with three 60-plus female protagonists who aren’t playing doting mothers, dying aunts or devious matchmakers. Kudos to Aparna Sen for pulling this lost demographic out of the shadows.

In Sonata, a movie adaptation of Mahesh Elkunchwar’s play, Sen casually invites us into the lives of three women in the their sunset years.

Aruna (Sen) is a linguistic scholar who won’t stand foul language; she’s comfortable living by the social code of a time whose scriptures she deciphers. While she’s in her prudish cocoon, her long-time friend and roommate Dolon (Azmi) is the butterfly that Aruna never quite morphed into. Dolon is the little devil on Aruna’s shoulder, always coaxing her into things that she’s uncomfortable with. The movie thrives on the nervous energy between Aruna and Dolon. The possibility of a subtle romantic subtext there is intriguing and handled smartly. Their third friend Subi (Dubey) flits in and out of their house and gives them something to think about with every visit.

The movie has an unmissable Woody Allen influence, where the plot is merely a crutch to display well-rounded, vibrant characters. So while you cannot summarize the story, you can best describe it as an evening spent chatting with friends - you being the designated listener - where you are amused by Dolon’s indecision, Aruna’s meekness and Subi’s bouts with her men.

And like all evenings with friends, there will be awkward silences when you will momentarily zone out when a character is droning about Beethoven, or an actor is delivering a heightened performance. In a play, this is charming. Sen hasn’t quite altered the screenplay or the treatment to fit this new medium. Static shots and indulgent conversations are Sonata's bane.

However, it is rare for unapologetic narratives about older single women (who "aren't even feminists!") to find their way to the screen. This is the kind of movie that you need to sip and savour. It won’t go well with popcorn and soda, but it’s worth a visit to the theatre anyway.
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Thomas Mathews
A Not So Sprightly &lsquo;Sonata&rsquo; by Aparna Sen!<br/>Aparna Sen&rsquo;s film &lsquo;Sonata&rsquo; is stagey and doesn&rsquo;t enthuse you much. It is quite natural to see expectations soar high when three veterans like Aparna Sen, Shabhana Azmi and Lillete Dubey come together to share a frame but unfortunately you end up sulking to see these women trying hard to make you believe that you are watching a cinema. Sonato is a film made based on Mahesh Elkunchwar&rsquo;s play with the same name. Aparna Sen&rsquo;s attempt to transform an otherwise wonderful play into a film fails to have any cinematic appeal. <br/>Three college friends who are at the autumn of their life goes on rambling about life, sex, poetry, Beethoven, Rabindranath, marriage, family, sex reassignment surgery, marital abuse, and what not. And all this happening in a Mumbai apartment surrounded by other high rise apartments where two friends Professor Aruna Chaturvedi (Aparna Sen) and banker Dolan Sen (Shabhana Azmi) are roommates since 20 years. To make the verbose more painful and superficial they are joined in by another old friend Subhadra Parekh who is a journalist. A chirpy Subhadra and a feisty Dolon gulps glasses after glasses of wine and opens a Pandora&rsquo;s box on many topics and tries to pull in a restrained and self-disciplined Subhadra. Each one of them have their own story of relationships and its failures, loneliness, unfulfilled dreams, pains and their share of guilt. <br/>Sonata would have definitely kept appealing and held our attention if it remained as a play but a hurried and not so skillful approach to transform the same into a movie makes it an average movie. Having said this, there are moments these talented powerhouse actors do pull your heartstrings but that is so momentary that it doesn&rsquo;t linger on and therefore you feel the drag. <br/>The climax of the movie is inconclusive and leaves you wondering what the filmmaker actually wanted to say. Well, if you want to see these veterans together go and watch otherwise forget it and hear some other melodious and sprightful &lsquo;Sonata&rsquo;. Aparna Sen dished out an average movie and left us go through the pain of watching it and she stays &lsquo;Nirlajjam Sada Sukhi&rsquo;!!!
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